Press Release

AFT Statement on Romney Vice Presidential Selection

For Release: 

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Carolyn Fiddler

 "Romney/Ryan ticket is the wrong choice for the future of our great nation"

 WASHINGTON—Today American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten released the following statement on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate.

 "Mitt Romney conceded with the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate that this fall's election is not a referendum on President Obama. Instead, Romney cemented the fact that this presidential election is a clear choice between two vastly different visions for America's future. On one hand, the Obama/Biden ticket wants to strengthen the middle class and restore prosperity for all Americans. On the other, the Romney/Ryan ticket stands for creating more wealth for those who need it least and telling the rest of America, 'You're on your own.'

 "Rep. Ryan's record speaks for itself. He would reduce, not expand, real opportunities for all students to have access to high-quality public education. He would repeal the healthcare reform law that is helping millions of Americans gain access to the medical care they need. And he is the architect of the radical Republican budget scheme that would end Medicare as we know it.

"Romney's selection of Rep. Ryan is a clear signal that the Republican ticket doesn't understand the needs and challenges Americans are facing right now. Not only is Romney on the wrong side of issues affecting the middle class, but now he's assembled what may be the most out-of-touch ticket in decades. The Romney/Ryan ticket is the wrong choice for hardworking middle-class Americans, working families and the future of our great nation."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.